Indigo Girls (album)

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Indigo Girls
Studio album by Indigo Girls
Released February 28, 1989
October 3, 2000 (Reissue)
Recorded Ocean Way, Los Angeles; John Keane Studios, Athens, GA.; Can Am Studios, Tarzana, CA, 1988
Genre Folk
Length 44:36
51:43 (2000 reissue)
Label Epic
Producer Scott Litt
Indigo Girls chronology
Strange Fire
Indigo Girls
Nomads Indians Saints
Singles from Indigo Girls
  1. "Closer to Fine"
  2. "Tried to Be True"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C−[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Indigo Girls is the second studio album and first major label release by the Indigo Girls. It was originally released in 1989 on Epic Records. It was reissued and remastered in 2000 with two bonus tracks.

The album received mostly excellent critical reviews, went gold after six months and eventually went platinum. The duo was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy (losing to Milli Vanilli), and won one for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

Michael Stipe sang on "Kid Fears", and the other members of R.E.M. performed on "Tried to Be True". In addition, the Irish band Hothouse Flowers backed the duo on several tracks, notably "Closer to Fine". "Kid Fears" was covered by Benny (Ibarra) on his 1992 album Hablame Como La Lluvia with lyrics in Spanish.

"Closer to Fine" is one of their most frequently performed songs, and is often their closing number.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Closer to Fine" (Emily Saliers) – 4:02
  2. "Secure Yourself" (Amy Ray) – 3:35
  3. "Kid Fears" (Ray) – 4:34
  4. "Prince of Darkness" (Saliers) – 5:21
  5. "Blood and Fire" (Ray) – 4:38
  6. "Tried to Be True" (Ray) – 2:59
  7. "Love's Recovery" (Saliers) – 4:23
  8. "Land of Canaan" (Ray) – 3:57
  9. "Center Stage" (Ray) – 4:46
  10. "History of Us" (Saliers) – 5:27
2000 reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Land of Canaan" (Radio Single Remix) (Ray) – 3:06
  2. "Center Stage" (Live) (Ray) – 4:04 Recorded live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, November 24, 1994


Indigo Girls
Additional personnel


Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 22
Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 26
1989 "Closer to Fine" The Billboard Hot 100 52
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 48
1989 "Closer to Fine" Billboard Adult Contemporary 48


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold September 11, 1989
RIAA – U.S. Platinum April 16, 1992
RIAA – U.S. Double Platinum June 3, 1997


  1. ^ Indigo Girls at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Indigo Girls CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-07-20. Features a proper production and Michael Stipe gloriously guests on 'Kid Fears'.... it skipped to Number 22 in America... The Indigo Girls are well worth wallowing in. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Indigo Girls". Retrieved 2012-02-25. [T]wo folkies whose big declamatory voices convince people to take their verse seriously, which is the only way they want it. 
  4. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (1989-05-04). "Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls :: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2013-05-20. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing, and when they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt folk-tinged pop songs. These ten tunes, framed by the acoustic guitars of the two Georgian women, make a worthy major-label debut. 
  5. ^ "Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls". Retrieved 2013-08-19.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Indigo Girls: Setlist statistics